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08 Mar 2017

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So you love your small space – you really do. Truth be known, you’re as snug as a bug in a rug.



However, if you’re not clever about how you organise it, your small space can become chaotic and unpleasant. So for those of you who are long on stuff, short on space, and have no intention of moving home any time soon, here are six top tips to help make the most of what you have.

1. Use your vertical storage

Don’t underestimate the amount of space your home has vertically – even if it’s short on room horizontally. Just take Julia Child’s infamous preferred method of storage, the humble pegboard, for example. This has become a much deserved key trend for 2016. More importantly, it’s inexpensive, customisable, and can be used in any room of the house.

For some pegboard inspiration, check out our Pegboard tips on Pinterest.

Inexpensive bookcases, such as the Billy range from Ikea, can make for a handsome focal point when grouped together and styled well. Alternate between books, knick-knacks and storage boxes to create a stylish yet practical arrangement.

2. Make the most of every nook and cranny

You might be surprised by how much space your home has if you were to take a walk around and identify potential storage opportunities. See that small space between the fridge and cabinet? Go on, put it to good use and build a pull-out spice rack.

Is the wall behind your door bare? Create a practical family command centre. This sounds more technical than it is – in fact, it can be as fun and decorative as you want it to be.

And in the living room, why not put storage under and above by keeping baskets underneath console and coffee tables? Hide cluttered-looking magazines and game consoles. Then place stylish canisters and pots on top to keep remote controls and loose change tidy – viola!

3. Make your storage your decor

Textile designer, William Morris said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Well, when you’re living in a small space, everything has to be both!

Space-saving means you really can’t afford to have many possessions purely for their aesthetic qualities. The only way to achieve a beautiful, functioning living environment is to use stylish pieces for storage.

Repurpose vintage tea tins, picnic baskets and flower pots to corral clutter.

4. “Spark joy”

There’s nothing like living in a small space to make you reconsider everything you own! If you find yourself thinking “I have no room for anything!” it’s time to “KonMari” your home. Chances are you have room; it’s just not being used wisely.

Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has sold over two million copies and readers claim it has changed the way they view material possessions forever. For top tips on creating a more harmonious home, check out our Marie Kondo Pinterest board here.



Image via: Charlie Julie Photography

5. Opt for made-to-measure built-ins

If you live in an awkwardly-shaped small space (particularly common in old flats) invest in custom-built furniture. This is particularly wise if you need to house any collections or have any specific requirements.

This simple built-in looks stream-lined and stylish filled with vinyl records. Or this clever design transforms a bare wall into a farmhouse-style office without blocking any natural light.

6. Keep materials and lines unfussy and flowing

Mismatched, heavy prints can make your home look more cramped than it actually is. Aim to keep the majority of your possessions in a similar colour palette. Neutral, natural materials like linen, wicker, glass and blonde-toned timbers such as oak and maple will keep the look of the space bright and airy.

If you want to inject a bit of personality, create a gallery wall. This can be as action-packed as you please without compromising on floor space.

If no amount of nifty space-saving tips can do the trick, contact your nearest EBS branch to discuss upgrading to a bigger home. And for more home decorating trends, family ideas and household ideas, check out the

EBS Pinterest board. It’s jam-packed with lots of fun, stylish and affordable ideas.

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